Indies First is a national grassroots movement started in 2013 by Sherman Alexie to encourage authors to support their local independent bookstores the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
Participating writers will visit Mac's to talk about their latest book and to recommend favorite reads to customers. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as Small Business Saturday because of a very successful effort by American Express to urge shoppers to visit small independent retailers Thanksgiving weekend. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer are leading the call for their fellow authors to join the campaign.
Several authors will be at Mac's throughout the day on Saturday, November 29th. Below is the schedule; stop in to say hi, check out these author's works and find out what they like to read. And help yourself to some holiday cookies and cheer!
10 a.m-11 a.m. Deanna Adams, author of the novel Scoundrels and Dreamers, a sequel to Peggy Sue Got Pregnant. Deanna is also the author of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Roots, Rock n Roll and the Cleveland Connection and Confessions of a Not-so Good Catholic Girl, a collection of stories and essays.
11 a.m-Noon Anne Trubek, co-editor of The Cleveland Anthology (2nd Edition) and The Best of Belt. Belt Magazine is an online magazine that publishes stories, essays and long form journalism about the urban experience, art, culture and politics.
Noon-1 p.m. Ben Small, artist and author of the brand new graphic novel Cavalcade of Flight – 50 Years of Malarkey About Airplanes and Aliens in a Publication That Never Existed. A big, beautiful graphic novel that you have to see to believe. Area artist Ben Small has created a masterpiece featuring "a multitude of aircraft both real & imagined; benevolent but scolding aliens; big, ugly, evil aliens; heinous war profiteers; vintage advertising, comics, sheet music, movie posters & television"
1-2 p.m. Jane Turzillo, author of Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, Ohio Train Disasters and Murder and Mayhem on Ohio's Rails combines her love of history and true crime to produce fascinating accounts of of notorious events in Ohio history. Jane is a journalist, editor and teacher and member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and National Federation of Press Women.
2-3 p.m.. Les Roberts, author of the popular Milan Jacovich and Dominick Candiotti mysteries. His latest book, Wet Work, features Dominick Candiotti on the run and in pursuit of his boss at the Brownstone Agency. His latest Milan Jacovich book, Win, Place or Die is the 17th in the series and now out in paperback.
3-4 p.m. Shelley Costa, author of Basil Instinct (2014) and You Cannoli Die Once (2013). These mysteries feature a great ensemble including the (wisecracking) staff of an Italian restaurant and the residents and shopkeepers in a town north of Philly. Shelley says " What I like about traditional mysteries is that cockeyed belief in our ability as intrepid little amateurs to solve crimes and set our wobbly world back on its axis. Murder becomes our business. Punishment goes without saying. And if we can find the comedy in baffling institutions and maddening relationships, so much the better."
4-5 p.m. Joyce Brabner, author of the graphic novel Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague. Joyce Brabner has written the true story of a group of New York City artists and activist friends who banded together in the early 1980's to get drugs from Mexico to fight AIDS. Illustrated by Mark Zingarelli, this is another absorbing account ( Dallas Buyer's Club) of a liitle known episode within the AIDS crisis. Joyce is also the co-author with her late husband Harvey Pekar of Beats: A Graphic History and Our Cancer Year.
5-6 p.m. John Paulett, author of Lost Chicago. There has always been a strong connection between Cleveland and Chicago. Many Clevelanders regularly visit Chicago and appreciate it’s many charms. Former Clevelander and Chicago historian John Paulett has compiled a terrific collection of images of “Lost Chicago”---architectural wonders and civic landmarks that in many cases have disappeared entirely.